George Michael’s sister was found dead at her home on Christmas Day – on the third anniversary of the singer’s death.
Melanie Panayiotou, 55, was discovered at her home in Hampstead, northwest London, on the evening of 25 December by her sister Yioda Panayiotou.
John Reid, the lawyer running Michael’s music firms, told Sky News: “We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly.
“We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very sad time. There will be no further comment.”
Her brother was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53. He died of natural causes.